Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey at the Rainbow, Seattle, WA 3/20/01

The evening started with a solid performance by Blue Glove Club, a local Seattle act. They wound the audience up with fun high-energy grooves. BGC ended with Black Sabbath played with on upright bass with effects played by Rev. Jimmy. Their drummer, Olli Klomp, pounded the drum kit with ferocity ending in wild screaming by the audience and band alike. To this Jacob Fred took the stage.

Jacob Fred began the first set with a slower paced tune that had old Fred heads in the crowd wondering where the boys were going. We soon found out. As usual, Jacob Fred took the crowd rock climbing on the shattered remains of traditional jazz. The show reminded me of little kids playing tag. They would all run towards the same destination. And upon seeing each other getting closer to the safety of the home, they would scatter into different realms of beautiful and random chaos. Reed mentioned later that the opening tune had been written last week and had no set pattern of performance as of yet. As the show progressed the band played several tunes off their newly released CD Self Is Gone.

A large crowd came out on a Tuesday to see Jacob Fred. One woman pointed out that it was mostly composed of musicians off of Seattle’s many musical scenes. Mike Stone drummer for Crack Sabbath commented," I usually hate this type of music, but these guys are fantastic." A few were invited by Brian Haas to jump up. Ollie Klomp slipped behind the trap set for two tunes that had some in the audience wondering if they had played together before. They hadn’t even practiced. Olli is just as much of a mad rabbit as the rest.

The show rocked. The bartender said that he had paid $25 bucks a ticket for MMW and he was getting paid to hear Jacob Fred. The band came off the stage to cheers and hugs from the crowd. The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey truly are what one long time friend has said," Punk rock shamans seeking the higher power through improvised jazz."

[Published on: 3/23/01]

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